Perhaps Hope is introduced as a circus show about climate change and if this leaves you curious, you’ll find a refreshing and strikingly unique performance. Set in a dystopian world of darkness and harsh, jarring music, the two performers display movement of astounding strength and beauty.

Understandably, the subject matter is a huge one to cover and in a medium that requires it to become abstracted. While an overbearingly righteous performance may ward off audiences, a clearer final message could have added something to the show.

Still, Perhaps Hope uses ominous lighting and sound effects, contrasted against the fragile solidity of human bodies, to successfully conjure up the feeling of delicate optimism within a landscape of brutality.

Words: Ursula Fleming

Perhaps Hope, Underbelly Circus Hub, Aug 4-22, 5.30 pm

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